Hi everyone, I am new here and just need some guidance; is it possible to have physical symptoms of anxiety yet I don't feel that I am overly worried about things. I have the normal stresses; working, kids, running a household and so on. My husband is also in a wheelchair and currently in hospital (120km away) for 6 weeks which means much more traveling and logistics with two busy kids and getting a week's work done in three days so I can visit him. I also have some health issues with an auto-immune disorder but it doesn't cause me to much concern on most days. I live alone on a farm in South Africa where 74 farmers have been killed this year so far... I have pretty good security and I sleep okay - but most nights I have some insomnia.
The thing is that while all of this could certainly be cause for stress or anxiety I don't feel anxious in my thoughts and I stay calm and I reassure my sick hubby and calmly deal with nurses and family, I am not teary or sad. So why does my body show physical signs that I've heard are due to anxiety; loss of appetite, sleep disturbance, irritability, I had shingles a little while back, I am just recovering from flue for the second time in two months. I get headaches and tense muscles - I even shake (it starts like an internal vibration). The other day I could not breath and had chest tightness and all it was was a busier than normal day. I feel like I am mentally strong but my body seems to be falling apart - which is really the only thing causing notable me stress now.
Is it anxiety or something else?